If you asked me two years ago what I thought of the whole bridal party swag trend, I might have audibly scoffed. You know the craze. We all have that one recently married friend whose wedding hashtag ushered in heavily filtered photos of her and her squad in coordinating racerback tanks, hers reading “Drunk In Love” the rest of the crew’s, “Just Drunk.” While I do appreciate a well-timed Beyonce reference, I just couldn’t get behind the whole matchy-matchy, sorority-sisters-all-grown-up thing... until last summer.
As I coiffed and sprayed myself in preparation for a dear girlfriend’s bachelorette party, the maid of honor squealed while returning from her suitcase with a plastic bag full of glittering sashes and oversized pins declaring ourselves the #BRIDESQUAD. My stomach sunk. “How lame,” I whined internally as my brand new just-for-this-occasion romper was tainted by a saucer sized pin. As we stepped out of the cab, buzzing and hopped up on complimentary hotel room Champagne, I tried casually to obstruct the dollar-store atrocity with my clutch as the leader of our pack bravely stomped to the front of the too-posh-to-name club. With one look at our getups, the bouncer dutifully waved us in, leaving the snaking line behind us in our wake. When we got inside, it wasn’t one Ariana Grande song before we were happily perched next to a sparkler-topped bottle of something pricey, compliments of the house. And when my bridal bestie jumped up at the first beat of her favorite song, the dance floor parted for us as if we were royalty. I. Was. Stunned. Who knew being a part of a #BRIDESQUAD came with so much power???
Call me converted, call me greedy — I can get behind some bridal swag. Gearing up for a wedding weekend and looking to outfit your squad? If buttons and sashes aren’t your style, take a cue from the following items that spell it out and say it proud: SHE’S GETTING MARRIED!
Gift your bridesmaids this oversized wrinkle-resistant cotton tee for a getting-ready (or morning after!) ensemble that’s equal parts cozy and cute.
Happily Ever After Sandals
Destination wedding? The whole crew can rock these ‘something blue’ rubber sandals with an imprinted sole that will leave a fitting message stamped in the sand.
Step up your getting-ready photo game with a whimsical gold-trimmed ivory hanger for each of your maids.
Bridesmaid Woven Clutch
This handwoven straw pouch is the perfect adorable stowaway for all their wedding weekend essentials.
Embrace the change with this ultra-soft cotton tee by Kate Spade, aka the only top you need on your honeymoon.
Betsey Johnson Bridesmaid Necklace
Spell out your love for your ladies with this gold-tone necklace accented with glitzy cubic zirconia.
Hanky Panky’s low-rise thong with crystal detailing is a cheeky day-of touch for your gals.
Bride/Bridesmaid Yoga Pants
The whole gym will know whats up when your rolls through in these coordinating spandex yoga pants with an interior stash pocket and moisture wicking fabric.
Bride/Bride Squad Swimsuit
Your posse is sure to turn heads at the pool in these high-cut printed bathing suits.
For your besties from waaaaay back, Vanessa Arizaga’s playful ceramic bead bracelet is even better when stacked.
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